Cinnamon, spice and everything nice!
With Autumn in full swing, I couldn’t resist but to delve into one of the most popular flavors of the season: Cinnamon!
Native to Sri Lanka and India, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) does not grow well in North America. It is popularly used in curries in the East and sweets in the West, generally put. Cinnamon is actually harvested bark from the Cinnamon tree! Sometimes used interchangeably with Cinnamomum cassia, which is a different variety found in China.
Cinnamon has a warming, spicy taste. The aroma is extremely comforting, hot and woody. Most commonly associated in the Western World with Autumn flavors, served on pastries, drinks and breakfast items.
~ Fights against sluggishness, promotes circulation
~ Soothes digestive upsets (colic, diarrhea, flatulence, kidney problems)
~ Used as a uterine stimulant, good for menstruation (caution!!!: consult a doctor prior to use if pregnant)
~ Arthritis and Rheumatism
~ warming against chills
~ Natural fighter against E. Coli and other viruses
Drink cinnamon tea for internal relief or massage with cinnamon essential oil on the abdomen to relieve lower digestion problems.
Steep a high quality cinnamon tea on its own or pair it with ginger for menstrual relief, or cardamom, cloves and nutmeg for an Autumn sipping tea to relieve chills in the cold seasons. Also, a nice addition would be Rooibos or Orange peels. Try MoxTea’s Viking tea! The Cinnamon is a wonderful wake-me-up in this tea!
Now that you know a little more about the healing benefits of cinnamon, not that anyone needs persuasion, indulge this fall season with all things Cinnamon!
Keep on steeping, tea lovers!
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